Yearly pass a hit with WR commuters

The introduction of half-yearly and yearly season tickets was a hit with Western Railway commuters on Day 1, said a WR officer. But the response on Central Railway was less than flattering. “We sold 400 half-yearly and 125 yearly tickets by evening (Monday),” said WR’s chief PRO Sharat Chandrayan. Comparatively, CR could not sell a single yearly ticket, a senior officer said.

The half-yearly ticket is 5.4 times and the annual ticket 10.8 times the cost of a monthly season ticket. The ratios are the same for both first and second classes. The tickets are non-refundable.

The CR officer said the disparity in sales owed to differences in WR and CR commuters’ profiles. “WR commuters have higher purchasing power.” The cost of a first-class yearly ticket for a 60-km journey is Rs11,145 (a half yearly ticket costs Rs5,575).
The same journey by second class costs Rs3,080 for a yearly and Rs1,540 for a halfyearly ticket.

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